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Thursday, February 24, 2011

FLICKER AT THE FEEDER

Ahh, the Flicker!!
 This is a Common Flicker, yellow shafted race, Female.  She loves the suet that we have hanging on a shepherd's staff planter. Hubby took all of these pictures with his Nikon 15X optical zoom in our backyard.
  These Flickers are so vivid in color they appear to be brightly painted!

Common in open country near large trees, Flickers are jay-sized woodpeckers with brown back, no white on the wings, and a black breast crescent.  In flight you will see white rump, yellow or salmon under the wings and tail. 

Often you will see them on the ground eating ants and displaying like this picture below where she has found bugs in the remains of a tree trunk in our back yard.

The yellow shafted race are commonly seen from Florida to Alaska with feeding grounds mostly in the East and Mid West of the continual United States.
 Here in this photo, hubby has captured her beak full of suet and she is needing a napkin-ha!
These are wonderful birds to study and their sheer size and magnificent colors are so pleasing to the eye.  I hope you have been able to observe these wonderful creatures in life where you live.

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♥KERRIE♥
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9 comments:

Ginny said...

These are great pictures!!! Flickers are the only ground eating woodpeckers, but they will come to feeders in the winter when they are real hungry. We used to have a lot, but now I haven't seen any in years. Probably because we had to cut down out huge maple tree. They are so pretty in flight, too!

Beverly said...

Kerrie, tell your hubby that these photos are awesome.

And, I don't believe I've ever seen one of these birds. What a lovely little creature. Another special gift to us from God.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Beautiful birds, I put out food for the wildlife in the garden everyday, birds, squirrels ,what a joyus sight from the window to see them feed and them knowing just where to find it.

Yvonne.

Claudia said...

Gorgeous photos, Kerrie! What a beautiful bird.

xo
Claudia

SquirrelQueen said...

Flickers are beautiful birds, this one seems really seems to enjoy the suet and posing for photos. I love to watch them when they come to my yard.

covnitkepr1 said...

Great pictures of God's creation. Thanks for sharing.

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

Great pictures. This is such a beautiful little bird. I have never heard of them or seen one. The markings are gorgeous!
Thank you for sharing.

Micki said...

These pics are just incredible. Your husband did a great job!
Micki

Doris Sturm said...

OH, he's so beautiful, Kerrie, and I don't recall ever seeing one. I've seen a woodpecker with black and white stripes and a red head, but it didn't look quite like this one...very nice photos. I need a better zoom on my camera for bird photos!